The West Main Five is back with a new mystery. They find a mysterious note; has someone been kidnapped? The Police have no reported kidnappings, just a missing person. Where is the mysterious Brad Parker? Why did he disappear from his job? Will the library have any clues to this new mystery?
The design is basic, uninspiring and unlikely to attract members of its target audience.
The blurb reflects the story and gives a sense of urgency and excitement.
The formatting is good but there are a few odd placements of quotation marks and capitalisations, e.g:
pg 50 For a moment, he froze, and then turned slowly to look at Tom.” Yes,” he said coldly and formally and then turned to continue up the stairs.
pg 53. A loud, "Beep, beep.'
In the middle of chapter three, capitalisation at the beginning of dialogue disappears for a few paragraphs:
Tom explained, “it’s another word for ‘mystery’ and Jamie is right! This could be a real enigma!” Louise added, “yeah! It’s a poser, alright!” Marty rubbed both hands through his hair and sighed deeply. “This is summer. We are not supposed to have vocabulary lessons in the summer.” Everyone, including Marty, giggled. Sheri said, “it’s OK, Marty! I didn’t know what it meant either.”
On pg 39 a word is missing: a couple people
The children are likeable and act as a group which makes it difficult, at times, to distinguish between them.
The plot follows the second mystery of the FIVE and is well structured. We learn through the eyes of our heroes as they use logic to solve the problem.
Some words are overused e.g smile or smiled and grin or grinned.
The story moves along briskly, with a clever twist to keep the reader guessing. However, the author often changes chapters mid-scene.
The author gives her protagonists two potential problems to solve -- a missing person and a kidnapping.
The story is interesting, the problem to be solved intriguing and the heroes ability to solve the mystery is believable.
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